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DONT PANIC if you Receive IRS Notices & Letters! 10 Tips To Help YOU

Each year, the IRS sends millions of notices and letters to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. Here are ten things to know in case one shows up in your mailbox.

  1. Don’t panic. You often only need to respond to take care of a notice.
  2. There are many reasons why the IRS may send a letter or notice. It typically is about a specific issue on your federal tax return or tax account. A notice may tell you about changes to your account or ask you for more information. It could also tell you that you must make a payment.
  3. Each notice has specific instructions about what you need to do.
  4. You may get a notice that states the IRS has made a change or correction to your tax return. We can review the information and compare it with your original return & let you know our findings..
  5. If we agree with the notice, you usually don’t need to reply unless we get other instructions or you need to make a payment.
  6. If we do not agree with the notice, we will respond to the IRS accordingly. We can write a letter on your behalf to explain why we disagree. Include any information and documents we want the IRS to consider. We use the bottom tear-off portion of the Notice to reply. Allow at least 30 days for a response.
  7. You shouldn’t have to call or visit an IRS office for most notices. If there are questions, we can call the phone number provided by the IRS on the notice.We will need a signed Power of Attorney and a copy of your tax return and the Notice when we talk to the Agent.
  8. Keep copies of any notices you receive with your other tax records.
  9. The IRS sends letters and notices by mail. They do not contact people by email or social media to ask for personal or financial information.
  10. If you receive a letter or Notice, fax or email it to our offices first thing, and then call us. We will help you resolve your IRS problems as quickly as possible, so that you have peace of mind.


Joseph Solomon | 05/23/2014